Chichester pairs take plaudits in sailing battle with Dell Quay

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CHICHESTER Yacht Club’s joint series with Dell Quay SC concluded - but the final two races drew only a handful of competitiors in light breezes.

Race five of the series had eight starters in the modern fast fleet, dominated by the RS 400s.

First place went to Nick and Roger Elliman (CYC), second were Peter King and Jamie Prescott (DQSC) and third Malcolm and Jean Buchanan (DQSC).

The classic medium fleet saw six starters, with first place going to Derek Jackman in his Solo (CYC) and Richard Smale (CYC) in his Streaker second.

James and William Rodgers (DQSC) were third in their Graduate.

For race six, the breeze had dropped to only five to eight knots, and the modern fast fleet was finished in less than 25 minutes.

The Ellimans were first again, but 2000s took second and third places, with Pete and Suzy Harrison of CYC followed by Roy and Beryl Dyton of DQSC.

The medium fleet was reduced to three boats, Jackman and Smale again finishing first and second with third place going to Chris Wood of DQSC in his Streaker.

Overall results for the series gave the Harrisons and Ellimans of CYC first and second in the modern fast fleet with third place to King and Prescott of DQSC, while in the medium fleet Smale (CYC) was first, Gordon Barclay (DQSC) second and Luke South (CYC) third.

The following day saw a slow start to the Birdham Barrel series, with only two to four knots of breeze at the scheduled start time of race one.

In the fast fleet, Nick and Biddy Colbourne in their GP14 showed complete mastery of the conditions to take first place on the water as well as on handicap, ahead of Ron Green in his Solo and Richard Smale in the Streaker.

By the second race there was a little more breeze, but first and second places were repeated, Jason Kirk in a Laser taking third.

In the third race, the Colbournes again showed their skill, leading the fleet home by a clear two minutes on the water, followed by Andy Skynner (Solo) and Ron Green.

Only two Fevas competed in the slow fleet, Charlie Elliott beating Susannah Olliff in both races.

Next up at CYC, it’s a Laser open on Saturday and a Topper open on Sunday. They hope many local sailors will join in.

For full results and details of future events, see www.cyc.co.uk and www.cycdinghies.co.uk

Competitors for races five and six of Dell Quay’s Late Trophy Series were greeted by sunshine and a calm sea, but light south-westerly zehpyrs gradually filled in and race officer Bruce Dupee was able to start the racing after only a short postponement.

In the Solo fleet, very close racing ensued with much place changing, as first one boat and then another caught the fickle gusts of wind.

In the first race, Gordon Barclay crept ahead to put Malcolm Buchanan in second place and Ken Baker third, consigning the normally-dominant Bill Dawber to fourth.

By the start of the second race, a steady breeze had filled in, providing more consistent conditions. Dawber led off the mark and despite a strong challenge from Barclay maintained his lead to the finish, ahead of Barclay, leaving Buchanan third.

It was just enough to clinch series victory for Dawber but the remaining places are wide open.

A smaller fleet turned out for the 2000 series races. In both races Anne and Jim Norfolk took first place with Roy and Beryl Dyton second and Dave Ellis and Helen Penfold coming third.

The Norfolks are well placed to win the series overall.

The entry for the Trophy Handicap races was also smaller than usual. Clare Jones took first place in both races, with regulars Phoebe Noble and Sue Manning coming second and third in the first race, but swapping these places in the second race.

Jean and Liz Sagues are on course to win the series overall in their Lymington Scow.